Laura Messing is an Argentine visual artist of international career who began developing her artistic practice under painting and photography media in the mid-80s, after obtaining her degree as an architect (University of Buenos Aires, 1978).
Her recent projects focus on the role of the artist as an internal agent of political, socio-economic and cultural processes that promote irreversible impacts in our natural context. For Messing, artistic productions are not consequences, but rather an intrinsic part of each system and the processes of change that act on the relationships of human beings, as part of and in interconnection with nature.
In Laura Messing's work, the natural environment is the central protagonist in the development of historical and contemporary narratives linked to the thought and strategies of contemporary economies. Her practice is anchored in environmental justice, climate change, sustainability and the way in which humans affect and alter the landscape they inhabit.
By creating installations and sculptures developed with biodegradable materials, the artist calls for a change in human behavior for and with natural resources based on new relations between Art and Nature.
Solo Exhibitions: 'De otra naturaleza', Gallery Aire, Buenos Aires (2015); 'No temas al color', Gallery Holz, Buenos Aires (2014); 'Laura Messing', Gallery Arte x Arte, Buenos Aires (2013); 'Laura Messing', Gallery Isidro Miranda, Buenos Aires (2007); 'XXXI Feria Internacional del Libro', Sala Roberto Arlt, Buenos Aires (2005); 'Laura Messing', Gallery Isidro Miranda Arte Contemporáneo, Buenos Aires (2003).
Group Exhibitions: ‘Premio Fundación Itaú a las Artes Visuales’, Buenos Aires (2020); ‘Premio Fundación Itaú a las Artes Visuales’, Buenos Aires (2019); 'Emplazando Mundos', I Bienal del Sur, Panama (2012); 'Fotografía Otras / Otras Fotografías', Photography Biennial, Lima, Peru (2011); 'About Change, in Latin America and the Caribbean', World Bank, Washington, USA (2011); 'Perlas del Atlántico', Fundación OSDE, Buenos Aires (2008); 'Concurso Deloitte de Fotografía Contemporánea', Fundación Deloitte, Buenos Aires (2008); 'Petrobrás Contest', Buenos Aires Photo, Buenos Aires (2007).
Awards: Second Prize, Painting Contest Iberoamerican Foundation Aerolíneas Argentinas (2005); Leonardo Prize in Photography, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires (2002); Argentina Photography Prize, International Art Biennial, Buenos Aires (2002); Grand Prix d'Honneur, X National Ceramics Exhibition, Ministry of Culture and Education, Buenos Aires (1989); First Prize Latin American Association of Artists, Malvinas Cultural Center, Buenos Aires (1988); Second Prize, VIII National Ceramics Exhibition, Ministry of Culture and Education, Buenos Aires (1987); Silver Medal, VII National Ceramics Exhibition, Ministry of Culture and Education, Buenos Aires (1985); among others.